Here is a chance for corporates to explain their own tsunami donations on our popular website. Please send you brief submissions with links to the full announcements to boss @crikey.com.au.

Siemens

Hello Crikey

We’ve been watching the corporate tsunami contribution coverage and wish to advise the Siemens elements. Globally, Siemens has committed over one million Euro to the aid effort as well as matching employee contributions with equivalent corporate contributions. The key areas of contribution from Siemens includes expertise in power and electricity, water purification and supply of medical equipment including x-ray and ultrasound equipment.

The Australian Siemens business is directly involved in this global campaign with our local water and waste water business building and supplying six mobile water purification systems which will be sent to Thailand over the next two weeks as well as a larger number of smaller water treatment packs to be used in affected areas of Sri Lanka – further details of this contribution will be available next week. We also have 3500 employees in Australia and New Zealand who will be undertaking a transnational donation drive next week raising funds for the victims.

I’ll have more detail over the coming days with regards the quantity and value of our water purification contribution in the context of the one million Euro contribution. Please call me if you wish to follow up any of this info.

Regards

Brad Voss
Corporate Communications Advisor
Siemens Ltd

Commonwealth Bank

Commonwealth Bank spindoctor Bryan Fitzgerald writes:

Just to let you and your readers know, the Commonwealth Bank is also a contributor to the Tsunami appeal for victims and families. The Bank issued the attached media release on 29 December advising that it was the collection bank for the Australian Red Cross appeal (Free of bank fees) and had also donated $250,000 (since increased to $1m) to the appeal.

The Commonwealth Bank has agreed that any customers wishing to remit funds to family members in the affected areas can do so free of bank fees. For Commonwealth Bank customers wishing to transfer their Commonwealth Awards points to help the victims, they can arrange to do this and have the points transferred to World Vision.

The Bank is also concerned for the safety of its staff and is working with Authorities to determine if any staff were holidaying in the affected areas.

Regards
Bryan Fitzgerald
General Manager, Communication Advice
Communication, Community and Reputation

American Express

And we received this from American Express

Hi Crikey,

Just a short note to let you know, American Express has donated US $1million to the disaster relief. We are also matching all of our world wide employee donations to tsunami appeals dollar for dollar.

We are not charging merchant fees to charities collecting donations via credit card, we absorb the cost, so 100% of the donations are received by the charity to support the tsunami appeals.

Regards

Luisa Megale
Head of Public Affairs and Communication
American Express ANZ SP

Macquarie Bank

Here is an example of what the Millionaires Factory, Macquarie Bank, are doing as set out in an email to all staff last week from chairman David Clarke and former Federal Liberal Minister turned corporate affairs boss Warwick Smith:

Tsunami Disaster

Our thoughts are with all those who have been devastated by this natural disaster throughout South East Asia and India. The Macquarie Bank Foundation will be making a donation of $A100,000 to the International Red Cross Appeal, through the Australian Red Cross. This Appeal has been established to provide survivors with emergency aid. The main priorities will be ensuring adequate shelter, access to health care, drinkable water and measures to control the spread of disease.

The Foundation will also match any donations made by Macquarie staff to assist Tsunami survivors. Once a donation has been made please forward details of the amount donated to Julie White, Manager of the Macquarie Bank Foundation by email, so that all donations from staff can be collated and a matching donation can be made by the Foundation

For further information, or to make a donation click here for the Australian Red Cross Appeal site. Staff in overseas offices can make also make donations on this site or alternatively to the International Red Cross Red Crescent on www.ifrc.org.

If you have any queries, please contact Julie White, Manager, Macquarie Bank Foundation.

David Clarke & Warwick Smith

Hogs Breath Cafe

The owner of the small Hogs Breath Cafe chain on the Gold Coast sent through the following on their little effort:

Last night at the Hogs Breath Café’s at Main Beach, Surfers Paradise & Carindale people opened their hearts & their wallets to the victims of the Asian Tsunamis. Amidst a fun night of celebrations $3,452 was raised from the owners & customers of our 3 restaurants.

In one of the busiest nights of the year the owners of these restaurants, Mark Allen, Amanda Richardson & Maria Christofides, pledged to give 10 % of takings to the World Vision appeal. This amounted to $2650.

Customers, who welcomed the fundraising warmly, also dug in deep with over $800 put into buckets carried around the tables for revellers to donate.

AMP

AMP is not as big and strong as it once way but its commitment to the tsunami relief was as follows:

$100,000 from AMP Foundation
$100,000 from AMP Limited
$50,000 towards employee donations

The first $200,000 donation is split equally between 5 charities – Australian Red Cross, CARE Australia, UNICEF and World Vision. The $50,000 for employee dollar match is to any of these five charities – each charity will receive an amount proportionate to staff donations.

AMP is also helping facilitate various employee events – from bucket collections in building foyers to a walkathon in Melbourne.

Foxtel

Read the PDF of a note to staff.